Nice take on the visitors Lokomotiv Moscow at “Allianz Riviera” in the first-leg match of the 1/16 final stage of the UEFA Europa League. The game will be played in Nice on Thursday, February 15th.
Last season Nice were one of the major sensations in the French football, however, the club is unsustainable in this season. “Les Aiglons” are currently battling in the French Ligue 1 for a place in the Eurocups for the next season, still, the chances are not that high. As for the UEFA Europa League, “Le Gym” promoted from Group K where it had fought with Lazio, Zulte Waregem and Vitesse. Nice have managed to pick up nine points in six encounters played, having lost three clashes. “Les Aiglons” showed quite solid football in attack, having scored 12 goals, however, their defense also felt comfortable enough with seven goals conceded. In the previous home battles the club has been beaten by Toulouse 0:1, but broke St Etienne and Amiens with the same 1:0 scoreline.
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Meanwhile, Lokomotiv Moscow take the confident lead in the Russian Premier League and are most likely to win the trophy. The team has also deserved the first position in Group F of the UEFA Europa League, having finished above FC Copenhagen, Sheriff Tiraspol and Zlin. “Parovozy” got 11 points with only one defeat in six rounds conducted. The side’s offense demonstrated good football, having scored nine goals while its defense looked great with four goals conceded. Lokomotiv Moscow have beaten Tosno 3:1, Zlin 2:0 and SKA Khabarovsk 2:1 in the recent away fights.
It is rather difficult to define the favourite of the forthcoming clash as Nice will host the tackle which is a big advantage for them as they need to cut their three-game losing streak.
Prediction for the match: Nice to win.